PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Sarah M. Rubin | Lakeview Pantry
Marketing & Communications Manager
(773) 525-1777 ext. 22 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LOCAL CHILDREN DRAW “PLATES WITH PURPOSE” TO HELP LAKEVIEW PANTRY
FIGHT HUNGER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
CHICAGO (December 1, 2014) – Lakeview Pantry is working with local schools, after-school programs and Girl Scout troops on an art project that can help raise awareness of hunger and poverty in Lakeview. Lakeview Pantry asked students, “How would you feed a hungry neighbor – someone who does not have enough good food to eat?” and allowed them to draw that holiday meal on a plate. Students were also asked what they think the purpose of a meal is, and were given a space to write out their creative answers. Burley Elementary School students Talya, 8, and Lilly, 5, wrote, “[The purpose of a meal is] to make your body grow and get stronger, and to give you protein and nutrients. It will give you energy throughout the day.”
Some schools used Plates with Purpose as an opportunity to team up with their neighbors. High school students from Wolcott School were excited to work with kindergartners from Talcott Fine Arts & Museum Academy on the Plates with Purpose drawings through their Learning Buddies Program. Mollie, a junior at Wolcott School, really enjoyed the collaboration. “I loved being part of this project,” she said, “it was amazing to hear the little kids talk about sharing and how much they wanted to give, regardless of whether they had much themselves.” Claire Walter, English teacher at Wolcott School added, “It was really great to see our high school students help the kindergarteners translate their pictures into ideas and writing on the topic of hunger. It was a wonderful lesson with learning all around.”
While some drawings are on display in classrooms to help spark conversation about hunger and poverty within the school walls, most drawings have been distributed throughout the Lakeview neighborhood in the windows of local businesses who want to help these students increase the visibility of the Plates with Purpose message – there are food insecure residents in our community, and in Lakeview, neighbors help neighbors. More information about the Plates with Purpose campaign can be found at http://http://www.lakeviewpantry.orgplateswithpurpose.
Throughout October and November, representatives from Lakeview Pantry geared up for Plates with Purpose by visiting schools such as The British School of Chicago, Latin School of Chicago and Blaine Elementary School to speak to students about how these issues effect their neighborhood and what they can do to help.
“For a lot of these students, this is the first time that they’re learning about food insecurity. Once they hear that there are people in our neighborhood who need food assistance, most of these kids just want to know how they can get involved and help out.” said Sarah Rubin, Marketing & Communications Manager for Lakeview Pantry. “They love hearing about how their drawings will be out in the neighborhood, increasing our visibility and raising awareness, but they also want to continue to help out however they can.” Organizing in-school food drives, volunteering with parents for Lakeview Pantry’s Home Delivery program and collecting donations in lieu of gifts at birthdays, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, graduations, etc. are just a few ways that children under 18 can support Lakeview Pantry. For volunteer opportunities and information, please visit http://http://www.lakeviewpantry.org.
Raising awareness is just the first step. In Lakeview, 1 in 9 residents are struggling with poverty and might not know where their next meal is coming from. As a member agency of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Lakeview Pantry provides nutritious groceries and essential social services to over 12,000 neighbors in need each year. Financial support is needed to sustain the unique and impactful programs at Lakeview Pantry. To learn more about Lakeview Pantry and to make a contribution today, please visit http://http://www.lakeviewpantry.orgdonate.
The mission of Lakeview Pantry is to eliminate hunger and poverty in the Lakeview community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, increasing the independence of clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, and by raising awareness of hunger and poverty while working towards solutions to eliminate them. To learn more about Lakeview Pantry’s programs and services, please visit http://http://www.lakeviewpantry.org.